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Old 06-02-2009, 12:03 PM
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With the trade of the Unertl 'scope for this BSA Martini .22 LR, I have now completed the TCR-83 trade.

It's not actually a "thing of beauty", but it is a functioning rifle with a 'pristine' bore. It's a bit beat up from my perspective, but I'm not familiar with the condition most of these rifles are in these days. I'm not sure what's "original" and what's not, but all the pieces are British-made. The other fella probably got a better deal cost-wise, but I got another Martini, and more importantly, I got a rifle that I like for a 'scope that was essentially useless to me.

The pictures are of marginal quality, but here's what it look likes:
























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Paul,

Looks mighty good to this ol' country boy!

Some lite cracks in the butt stock but those are easily repairable, and you how to do that. Anytime you can trade a not wanted scope for a functioning rifle is always a good deal. Good on ya!

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It's not actually a "thing of beauty", but it is a functioning rifle with a 'pristine' bore.
"Beauty" is usually a matter of perspective. Some want graceful lines, and a "new" appearance.

Others can appreciate function and some honest wear.

It looks mighty fine to me! Congrat's on the new rifle.

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Old 06-02-2009, 01:49 PM
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Thanks fellas. It satisfied the criteria I have on "deals": "The only "good" deal is one in which both parties are happy."

It does shoot too. I haven't checked it for precision, but it loads and fires appropriately. I'm not worried about precision in a .22 RF rifle that has a pristine bore.

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:23 PM
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Nice shooter Paul. You're like me, doesn't matter what it looks like, as long as it shoots.

Are you going to try some of your subsonic rounds in there? I'll bet they will shoot very well. That would be a hoot to shoot sagerats with

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To me, it's a thing of rare beauty. I just fell in love with that rifle......love at first sight. I would like to know how you guys repair minor cracks like that....I'm all ears. Regards, Rick.
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Are you going to try some of your subsonic rounds in there? I'll bet they will shoot very well.
I will certainly give them a whirl, but I have less optimism aboutthe outcome than you do.

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I agree. I'd like to try some long range stuff - say 200 or so - and see what I could do with it. Of course that's assuming it shoots well in the first place.

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Well, you know how I feel about Martinis, Rick. I prefer the earliest ones without the "ears", and it'd be nice if it was a "big bore", but I'm tickled with it. I hope it shoots straight. I'm really busy at the moment, so I'll tell you later how I would fix those cracks if I was so inclined.

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Old 06-02-2009, 11:22 PM
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Paul, you seem to land on your feet as far as deals on guns.
That is a beauty and anything that is in good nick from that era is a real find.
Remember, people tended not to value English guns that weren't Purdeys or H&H or other of the elite crowd.
It's hardly surprising to see something like that sitting in the "well used" categories.
But Martinis, as you already know, are fun and often shoot like all get out.
I'm looking forward to a full and comprehensive range report.
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:40 AM
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I don't know about the "full and comprehensive", but I've got some CBs, Shorts, "regular velocity" Longs, high velocity Longs, and the SSSs, and since I can shoot these in my back yard without much trouble, I should be able to get something done in the next day or two. My doubts about the SSSs are a function more of where I live than the rifle. I've just not been able to get them to shoot from any of the 7 or 8 .22 rifles I have. The 10/22 required a special 1:10 (IIRC) twist barrel. Since some other folks can get these bullets to stabilize in their 1:16 twist rifles, I think it's a combination of altitude and temperature. Anyway, we'll know soon.

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Thats a great little rifle Paul, of course the proof is in the shooting.
A great trade for something you had no use for.

I can remember years ago those BSA Martini target rifles being sold off quite cheaply. Of course I should have bought a couple back then. Ah, the ignorance of youth!
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